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One of the MRE's I picked up last spring at a flea market. Not bad, but not as good as the last one I reviewed. One thing is for sure. MRE's have come a long way since i had my first way back in 1990!

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Finally time to put up part two of the President Walker II FCC CB radio.
It's a great Cobra 25 or DIN sized CB radio that, while keeping the "Classic" CB radio look, manages to pack in so many modern features, you'll lose track! Overall I'm totally happy with it and can't wait to see what kind of range I can get out of it.

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Although i thought I had posted this years ago, it has recently come to my attention that many of my subscribers had never heard the entire song.

This is the "Official" Farpoint Farms Theme song, written, created and sung by fellow youtuber Marky Shaw. It's the best dang song I've ever heard, and I am now convinced that everyone needs their own personal theme song!

Contact him for music of your own, and talk with him before be becomes a millionaire!

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A few months back I posted a video of the old 70's generator I've been using for the last 20+ years. I came across this unit for a great price and decided it was finally time to upgrade.
It's a nice unit with a much larger gas tank, higher wattage output and a full cage around it to make it easier to move around. A little fixing here and there and it's in great shape.
Now we wait for a power outage to see how well it holds up!

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I recently picked up yet another 2 meter radio and hooked it up to my directional 2 meter antenna only to find out the exact same thing that I realized years ago when this video was made. There is no activity on 2 meters in my area.
Certainly there are areas of the country where 2 meter still is booming... At least I hope there is, but I can't possibly recommend someone spend the money to purchase a new 2 meter setup anymore.
A sign that interest in the hobby is fading I'm sure, and I'm sure there will be some hate here, but I have to say CB is going to give the end user a lot more fun these days for the average user.

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Imagine my surprise when I this came in the mail. A genuine 2019 Craftsman tool catalog from Lowes Home Improvment.
While not anywhere near its former glory, I have some hope that this will morph into the greatness that once was.

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Still organizing the shop here on the farm, and since I sold my old Matco tool cart, I found myself in need of a replacement. I've been very pleased with my 56 inch Harbor Freight tool box so I decided to get a companion box, the Harbor Freight Series 2 5 drawer tool cart.
In this video I will show you how to assemble it and give you my thoughts on how well it may hold up.
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I thought I'd make a more in depth video of this thing. It's a inexpensive way to use your existing sleeve hitch implements on a larger SCUT (Sub-Compact Utility Tractor) like the Kubota BX or even the L series.
I've been LOVING this thing! When I made the tough chioce to upgrade to a SCUT I worried that I'd have to invest in many 1000's of dollars to replace all my implements. That has not been the case. For less than $150, I bought this tool and a hitch and it's worked out great.
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My Neighbor was kind enough to give me this very old school Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1 computer. THANKS!
It took a while, but I was able to get it up and running and was shocked to see that both it and the monitor still worked after all these years.
Originally released in 1977 along with the Apple 2, and the Commodore PET, the TRS-80 was a smash hit. It spawned many upgrades and sequels , with the line finally being discontinued after the incredible TRS-80 Model 4D.

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It was time to install some helper springs on the new VW Pickup so I thought I run you through it's installation. While not a hard job by any means I'm sure there are those out there that may struggle with it a bit. Hopefully this will help clear up any questions you may have.

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Well, it's been a full year since I bought and installed the Harbor Freight Automotive Scissor Lift, so I guess it's time to talk a little about it as a long term tool.

It's held up very well, having had no issues in the 100's or even 1000's of uses its had. The hydraulics and pump motor show no signs of wear and or issues, and the main unit is looking a lot better than expected.
I use it for side jobs, restoration work, and also as a table top when working on small engines or lawn mowers. To sum it up, I like it enough to consider getting a second one for the other bay!

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The President corporation was kind enough to send me a brand new Walker II Cb radio to review! This is a great retro looking CB that has modern features like a multi color display channel up/down on the mic, and even a USB port!
I've heard great things about this radio and can't wait to test it out!

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It's been a few months since I introduced the world to the new project car here at Farpoint Restorations so I figured it was time for an update!
The underside of the car has been cleaned and undercoated as well as the wheel weels. The lowering springs have been removed and the car has been returned to stock height in the front and maybe 1.5 inchs of lift in the rear due to the add a leaf helper springs. I added those not to raise the truck, but to increase load capacity. Inside is still a mess. I've got the wiring about done, but the dash is a loss, and I want to find some stock seats.

That's about it for now!
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Since fall is in the air and the leaves have started to fall, I figured it was time to follow up on the Brinly Lawn sweeper I received a few months back.
The unit works great, and surprisingly it works better the faster you go. This will certainly cut down on the leaf gathering I have to do here every year!

Special shout out to Brinly for letting me review this product.
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After the best month I've had here on YouTube, I finally decided that it was time for a upgrade to the camera department. I've gotten a lot of complaints over these last 3 years about video quality and sound issues.
I started out with a Sony Digital 8mm camera fo rmy first 12 or some videos. That one broke and I decided to use my cell phone for future work. 200+ videos later it broke, and I bought a used Sony HD camcorder. It broke within 10 videos and I've been using my wife's cell phone ever since.

Well... No More!

This is a top of the line setup with 4K record, steady cam and even night vision! There are still a few older videos in the stack to be uploaded but stay tuned for lots of new crisp 4K content from Farpoint Farm!

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My Wife and I found this thing while shopping the other day.
Certainly funny, but a bit creepy as well. Hey, at least CB radio got a little Halloween love this year!

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Well, Someone owes me $100.00 !! My little idea of taking some discount lumber, a bunch of top rails and putting them together to create a "Tower" is paying off well. After a full year the setup is still working great as well as the very old Antron A99 and the new Max 2000 CB antennas.
If your on a budget and can't find a decent tower used. This certainly is a great option!

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I picked this generator up in 1996 right after hurricane Fran rolled though my street. We went without power for 14 days and to be honest I was lucky to be alive. I bought it for $50.00 as it was "locked up" according to the previous owner. It turns out it has sucked up some screws and they were lodged in the magnet area of the generator. I cleaned it up, changed the filters, oil, and gas, and it has served me well ever since.
It has maybe 200 to 300 hours on it since I bought it and is still all original except for the points, I upgraded it to the newer electronic ignition system in 2015.
After all these years I came across a great deal on a larger unit and have decided to part ways with it, but I will say this. They don't build equipment like this anymore!

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A lot of great equipment! I picked up a lot of gems and will be making videos of these base stations as well as the smaller stuff.
I've also decided to do a free giveaway like I did last winter with one of these units as a way of saying thanks to the fans of Farpoint!

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The battery on my camera died really early on so I didn't get the chance to interview anyone or really get a good amount of video, but this has to be one of the best HAMfests I've ever been to. Tons of great equipment, lots of vintage electronics and loads of good people to talk with.
Thanks to everyone that took the time to say hi to Farpiont Farms, and special shout out to my next door neighbor for reminding me about this place! Hope you feeling better!

I got a bunch of great stuff I'll share with you next week!

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What can only be viewed as a motivational video. I share my feelings about my choice to quit my high paying job in Raleigh,NC to move to the mountains and start a new life.

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Found one heck of a deal on a new Air Compressor for the restoration department here at Farpoint. While the older Husky unit was still working, it struggled to keep up with my impact wrenches and other air tools.
That problem is solved with this new unit from Kobalt. Now I can pretty much run what I want and the tank won't run down.
I've been using it for over a month since this was filled and I find it to be a great, quiet compressor!
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During my cross country trek to recover my 1980 VW Rabbit. I stumbled across this awsome Radio shack. It was packed full of goodies and the staff were super nice.
The best part about this place is that it was busy! i was there no more than 20 minutes and at least 5 customers came in needing help with electronics or needing supplies for something.
Great to see it, and I hope more like this exist!
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I can't recall ever giving a product a bad review, but I did feel the need to make a follow up video on the HD Stacker. I had some concerns about it right after install. I was a little underwhelmed by it's initial performance, and sadly, it has continued to decline.

Before I hear from the peanut gallery on this one, let me explain that I used top dollar quad shielded cabling, the unit is grounded, it has a pre-amp mounted on the antenna and it also has a small distribution amp where the main signal splits off to run the 2 tvs.

I've installed many antenna's over the years and have double checked this one more times than I care to mention. The fact is, it does not preform well for its size and cost. I hate to say that, but after picking up a $20.00 tiny antenna and placing it much lower to the ground than this unit as well as using the supplied cheap rg58 cabling. That antenna has worked better and pickup more channels than the HD stacker has.
It's possible there is a defect that I can't find with a visual inspection, but what ever the cause, I've been wishing I could have found an Archer UV190 to put up there. I may try to replace the unit next spring, but at this point I feel like my days of watching local TV are coming to an end. If it wasn't for ComitTV and METV, I'm not sure I'd ever scan the skys.

I realized that I've never really talked much about the Kubota BX that I bought a little over 18 months ago. It's been a handy addition to the farm and had aloowed me to reduce the amount of time needed to do many tasks. It has also allowed me to do a few projects that I never could have done without it.
The biggest question I had when I bought it was "Do I need the backhoe?" It adds a lot of expense to the unit and takes up room when not in use.
After 18 months of use and a little over 100 hours, I can say that Yes, It was worth it. The backhoe is great when needed and I've needed it enough that I would buy it again.

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CategoryDIY & Gardening

It's Erik, Owner of Farpoint Farms here in the mountains of North Carolina.

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